I love swimming and I feeling so happy to have a pool only two stairs away....
Then I met my friends and we start with a walk through the hotels the strip up and down, made funny pictures and start at noon with drinking, because it's concert day. It's our kind of warm-up for the show. You can by cocktails in a kind of flower vases everywhere on the strip, looks so funny all the people with different coloured big vases in their hands strolling up and down the strip.
View from the Bellagio with the famous Fountains
We met Miss Kitty
Some Show chicks
Then we drove to the Stratosphere Tower where I decided to seek a new challenge to test my fear for heights. I booked a ticket for the tower included two rides. The stratosphere has the 3 rides, The Big shot, Insane ( a swing carousel outside of the tower) and x-sream. We started with the x-scream. A massive teeter-totter or a Vegas rollercoaster unlike any other ever seen. X-Scream propels you and several other riders headfirst, 27 feet over the edge of the Stratosphere Casino, Hotel & Tower. It was so cruel for me, I screamed so loud, oh my god.
With the Big Shot, you can be cascaded up to 40 meters at the top of the tower, then you can go back to the starting point high above the rooftops of Las Vegas. At Big Shot, 4g affect the driver, at the top you are weightless for a short time. I did this 2005, too but I forgot how strange it was. An experience on the border of what I could endure.
I don't have the pictures of this adventure in the moment, they are so funny, I will post them in a few days.
As reward we drank two cocktails each in the rooftop bar and later we had a quick but good meal in a very typical diner.
Scared before the rides..
Great cocktail: "the angry cucumber"
Than we had to hurry up for our first Depeche Mode concert in North America on this tour.
We would almost have arrived too late, and I was already nearing a hysterical attack. My friends quit this with a short laugh, they already know it already ....
We reached the T-Mobile Arena just 20 minutes for beginning. Just time enough to catch our drinks and to took our places. Yes, no standing area, all seats. But as Depeche Mode went on stage everybody stood up directly. We stand in front of our seats, it was very closely, and I always kicked at the chair behind me, so I now have many blue spots on my legs.
The crowd was a very good one. Whenever a piece started, it took a moment that the audience recognized it and then went a delightful whisper through the crowd.
It remembers me on concerts in Europe in the 80ies. The setlist was the same like every concerts. No changes to the European set. But I was so happy to see the guys again. Thank God, because I was a litlle bit nervous because I need such a long time to come into my routine with the concerts at the beginning of the tour. But it worked for me from the first song. I sang and danced the whole time with my friends and the great audience. Dave liked the mood, he was very relaxed and sang very well.
It was a bit unfortunate that there weren't the smaller screenings besides the stage, so Depeche Mode were far away and most of the time you couldn't see their facial expressions.
I was especially happy about the smaller things like the snipper of " Grandmaster Flash" at the end of " Barrel of the gun".
"Don't push me, ’cause I'm close to the edge
I'm trying not to lose my head
It's like a jungle sometimes
It makes me wonder how I keep from going under"
So great, so well sung, amazing. an absolut highlight for me.
" Cover me"! The audience liked it as much as the Europeans. It's an quiet song but still the mood is so exciting. Dave is God.
Then came Martin's two songs and the fans here in North America like it so much when he is singing, but unfortunately many people went out for buying drinks, so the mood turned always a little bit restless.
As Dave came back the concert turned into a quick trip to the highlights..." Everything counts, Wrong, Enjoy the silence and never let me down." It was another thrilling ride for me where I flying higher.....I felt more weightless as on the top of the Stratosphere.
I was back in the magic of Mister Gahan. He has thrown out his spiderweb again.
I was not the only one in his spiderweb, we all was under his influence, the audience was really really amazing in Vegas.
The encore was good like every time. " Heroes" is so grown for me, what a wonderful interpretation. Dave sang it out of his heart, so touching, ouch. The concert ended with the powerful " Personal Jesus". Once again the soundtrack of my life: " Reach out and touch Dave".
We finished the evening with a drink in a near by Casino "Monte Carlo" where we met friends from Florida. Wonderful evening and I came late but happy back to my Hotel in the Middle of the Strip.
Now I'm there where I wanted to be from the beginning of the tour: in the hand of Mr. Gahan such as warm plasticine in a child's hand.
A group of friends. This Picture is taken by Mike.
Now Good Night. Tomorrow morning you will hear more about the last hours in Las Vegas and our trip through the Death Valley and the concert in Santa Barbara.